Hurricane Helene heading towards the United Kingdom, bringing chances of gale force winds

2 p.m. update: Florence within 110 miles of Wilmington

2 p.m. update: Florence within 110 miles of Wilmington

The enduring Tropical Storm Helene is picking up speed and accelerating northward at 23 miles per hour with sustained winds of 65 miles per hour.

Florence is expected to make landfall late Thursday night or early Friday morning, Mountain Time, somewhere between Atlantic Beach, NC and Savannah, GA.

Another commenter said: 'That hurricane better be taking me to dinner first'.

All eyes are on Hurricane Florence and its path toward the Carolinas, but other hurricanes and tropical storms are brewing as well.

On Sunday alone there will be about two inches of rainfall.

Florence barreling closer to coast of Carolinas
The entire coastlines of North and SC , in addition to some parts of southeastern Virginia, are under a mandatory evacuation plan. Utility officials have warned that widespread power outages are likely and that it could take weeks to restore electricity.

The first large power outage in the Wilmington area also occurred Thursday morning, with the Duke outage map showing almost 1,400 customers in the Acme-Delco area of Columbus County and northwest Brunswick County without power.

STORM Helene is expected to bring gusts of wind of up to 85mph across Wirral next week.

Meteorologist at the Met Office Emma Smith said: "Helene is moving up from the Atlantic towards us". "We're about to be in the thick of it".

Wind gusts of up to 65mph are forecast with up to 80mph possible in more exposed areas.

It is presently located about 965 km east-southeast of Kingston, Jamaica.

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Florence's forward movement during the day slowed to a near-standstill - sometimes it was going no faster than a human can walk - and that enabled it to pile on the rain. "It's something we haven't seen. ever". Expect winds to increase on Saturday to 15-30mph across the entire CSRA, with the 30mph more likely in the northern/eastern areas.

"It doesn't matter where you are", he said.

The storm is expected to die down by Wednesday.

"As the system progresses westward into the eastern Caribbean Sea, more organized convection trailing Isaac is expected to affect Barbados, bringing moderate to heavy showers and occasional gusty winds from early Thursday morning and into Friday", the weather chief said.

The Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency said Wednesday that the territory is prepared for any further developments of Tropical Storm Isaac, as well as for the remainder of the hurricane season.

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